Paul Could Do All Things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)
1. The apostle Paul made this statement in his letter to the church in Philippi. 2. As he made this statement Paul revealed the source of his strength -- Christ. 3. In our lesson we are examining 4 things that Paul did through Christ. Discussion: I. THROUGH CHRIST PAUL OVERCAME HIS PAST (1 Timothy 1:12-17)
A. Saul was present when Stephen was stoned (Acts 7:57-58; 8:1a). B. Saul abused Christians (Acts 8:3; 9:1-2). C. Saul was taught how to have his sins washed away (Acts 22:16). D. Saul complied with these instructions (Acts 9:18). E. Saul's reputation followed him for a time (Acts 9:26). F. Through the Lord Saul overcame (Acts 9:27-28). II. THROUGH CHRIST PAUL LEARNED CONTENTMENT (Philippians 4:10-18)
A. Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter. B. There were times when he had plenty, and there were times when he was in need. C. He was grateful to the Christians in Philippi for sending him a gift. D. He let them know that he had learned to be content, regardless of the circumstances he faced. III. THROUGH CHRIST PAUL WAS ABLE TO ENDURE HIS THORN IN THE FLESH (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) IV. THROUGH CHRIST PAUL FACED DEATH WITH GREAT CONFIDENCE (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18) Conclusion:
1. These are 4 things that Paul did through Christ. 2. We must study them because we are to follow his example (Philippians 4:9).